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Ioxus eyes auto industry with board appointment

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:32 -- Paul Crompton
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Ultracapacitor manufacturer Ioxus’s latest boardroom appointment suggests it will be targeting the automotive industry.

The U.S. company’s new Executive Chairman of the Board, Donald Runkle, has more than 30 years automotive engineering experience.

Runkle was also a co-founder of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) along with the US Department of Energy.

Runkle’s C-level engineering experience includes vice-president at GM Motors North American Engineering Center, Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer and chief engineer at Chevolet.

USABC awards Seeo for EV battery testing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:54 -- Anonymous
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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has assigned California-based lithium polymer battery maker Seeo with a $298,700 contract to test the company’s battery cell technology for electric vehicle applications.

Under the nine-month assignment, Seeo will deliver its ‘DryLyte’ battery modules to the USABC. The modules use proprietary non-flammable polymer electrolyte and provide an energy density of 220Wh/kg. Each module provides 1.65kWh storage capacity.

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Maxwell launches 48V ultracap module

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:01 -- Anonymous
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Ultracapacitor maker Maxwell Technologies (Maxwell) has introduced an enhanced 48V ultracapacitor module product, which includes the firms’ DuraBlue new shock and vibration cell technology.

The module is designed for mass transportation such as the integration in hybrid bus propulsion systems or rail stabilisation systems.

According to the California-based company, the module combines Maxwell’s solvent-free dry electrode formation and manufacturing process with a patent-pending cell structure design, which results in an increase in vibration immunity of 300% and in shock immunity of 400% compared to competitive offerings.

The product also comprises of a capacitor management options system for reliability and safety including a redundant over-voltage alarm.

“Ultracapacitors’ rapid charge and discharge characteristics, long operating lifetime, wide operational temperature range and ruggedness make them an ideal energy storage solution for hybrid buses and other vehicles that employ braking energy recuperation systems,” said Franz Fink, Maxwell’s president and CEO.

The module has been validated through several months of sampling with selected customers.

In November, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium selected Maxwell to research the technological and economic feasibility of a 12V hybrid energy storage system consisting of lithium-ion batteries and the company’s ultracapacitors.

 

Maxwell to develop hybrid ultracap/li-ion battery for USABC

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:05 -- Anonymous
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USABC awards Maxwell for hybrid ultracap/li-ion battery development
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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has selected ultracapacitor maker Maxwell Technologies (Maxwell) to develop an ultracapacitor/li-ion battery for stop-start vehicles.

The USABC, a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research, will grant Maxwell $2.68m. The contract is part of a 19-month cost-sharing programme in which the California-based ultracapacitor firm will provide 51%. The award is co-funded by the US Department of Energy.

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USABC awards $7.7m to Envia EV battery project

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:51 -- Anonymous
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The US Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded $7.7m to California-based Envia Systems for an electric vehicle (EV) battery technology project.

The three-year project is focused on the development of high-energy lithium-ion layered-layered cathode and silicon-based anode material for EV applications. The goal of the research programme is to develop an energy storage system that supports the commercialisation of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.

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